Capsule or “mini wardrobes” are all the rage right now, but they are not for everyone. A capsule wardrobe is defined as a mini wardrobe, generally composed of around 30 versatile items, that you love to wear. I have experimented with creating my own and I have loved how easy it is to get dressed, but I will admit that I like more variety and get restless for change each season. Enter, the French 5-Piece Wardrobe! The guidelines are easy: Edit your closet down to quality basics that fit and flatter and then limit your purchases to five non-basic items each season to keep your wardrobe feeling fresh and current.
Since you are encouraged to invest in only a handful of new purchases each season, you will likely be more thoughtful and less impulsive about what you splurge on. The result is less money wasted and a wardrobe you love and take care of, with some room to grow as trends or your interests evolve. I love this idea because it takes the constrained capsule wardrobe concept and adds a bit of fun and flexibility.
This spring I gave it a whirl and bought myself this leather cross-body tote, a pair of wedge sandals, a motorcycle jacket (my big splurge!) and a few new tops. I love how just a few new items totally freshen up my small wardrobe and I’m already daydreaming about what fun pieces I will add for summer.
Have you ever experimented with a capsule collection or the French 5-Piece Wardrobe? Would love to know how it’s working for you!